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Kuroshitsuji Season 2

As a fan of the first season, I was looking forward to the announcement that the second season got a green lit. I disliked the idea of having a new master and butler but as the updates and airing date were moving close, I felt that the new master is indeed interesting and unique. Aside the new butler of course.

The moment I got to watch the first episode of the second season, there were mixed feelings. Confusion, amusement and unsatisfaction. The latter episodes became dull but there were certain ones that just makes me “Okay fine, I’ll finish this. Maybe it would be more interesting on the next episode.” I was damn wrong. The second season was full of faults in an overall score. The characters took a sudden landslide the moment Alois declared that he wanted Ciel, Claude lusting for Ciel’s soul and Sebastian being a weak demon whenever Ciel’s soul was on the table. Landslide?More of a catastrophe I guess.

So I’ll start with the first and second most important part, characters and plot.

Ciel Phantomhive is a strong hearted independent noble. Why in the name of the queen of England should he let his emotions of pride and selfishness  just because there is someone working for the queen other than himself? This is clearly a point why Ciel is, most of the times, a spoiled brat, only a million fold richer. Ciel’s reincarnation as a demon made the overall season’s score lower than the others. He is Ciel but at the same time not. It’s not confusing. Just imagine Ciel, being himself, only as a empty hollow. Do you get it now? Great. Now you’ll see why Ciel isn’t interesting anymore. I just don’t know for those Sebastian x Ciel fans though, I’ll just leave their imaginations of pedophility love.

Sebastian Michaelis is the famous talk around bishounen town. I’m not a fan of his character but if I could compare his development between the two seasons, I would say that he became more of a lowly and cowardly dog than a humble butler in the present season. He is confident that his possession, Ciel’s soul, wouldn’t be robbed by some other demon. Which lead to a disaster which also lead to another huge failure, particularly the 12th episode. His resistance as declared in the first season was his biggest mistake if I say so myself.

Alois Trancy(please do not remind me of his real name, I prefer this instead) is one of the freshest characters I’ve seen. He is an interesting, pathetic, adorable, slutty, pitiful, devastated, attention-seeking male cinderella. But he became the dullest thing I can see in the 12th episode. He has become weak and easily-controlled soul. Leaving his murder behind, his character, wanting to be loved by Claude is just like those romantic movies I’ve seen a hundred times. It’s unrequited love, master and butler special edition. He became a poorly made character by the moment he said that he wanted Claude despite his failure of finishing the contract. Biggest waste. Period.

Claude Faustus, fuck this butler very much. He is the biggest mistake. And because he is the biggest mistake he is also the culprit of the biggest downfall and biggest waste of the series. He’s too honest, sneaky and is a monkey dressed in a butler suit with glasses. He’s the type that if he wanted something, he would use anyone just to attain his ‘something’ and this something was none other than Ciel Phantomhive. His death was a failure too. I dislike him so much that I wouldn’t even be able to accept comments about my rant about him.

Hannah Anafeloz,with no mistake, has the most development especially in the last two episodes. She has become Alois’ savior and Ciel’s killer. She ignited Alois’ passion of becoming one with Ciel and devoured Alois’ into a new contract after letting him know that she is one with his younger brother, Luca. I’m surprised that she grew feelings with Luca which lead to performing a contract with him which became a bridge to be of service under the Trancy household. Oh, did I say she’s a masochist? Yeah. The hell with it. She rocked the boat herself.

The triplets, the highlight of their existence was their failure of killing Sebastian. Other than that, they’re triplets! And triplets are eyecatching. I prefer them cleaning and doing household chores instead of attacking Sebastian just to hide their idiocy and uselessness.

And of course, who would forget the Ronald Knox appearance? I didn’t see that coming, I doubt that you did too.

The minor characters that were adapted to the second season has a pale presence. The parts where Sebastian was handing over a letter declaring the death date of Ciel were confusing. Their reactions weren’t as lively as before.

Second, art.

The art of the first season was balanced. The background and character quality was well balanced. The second season wasn’t. The background quality was more of an A+ while the character quality was lower, more of a B minus. Maybe it’s just me, but other than that, it was brilliant. The animation was great too especially when it comes to the fighting scenes.

Third, music and character voice.

The CV in the first season had a good score coming from most of the watchers, why wouldn’t the second season have too? It’s better and more fine. The music is more than passable. It’s befitting. Except that in some points it sometimes overpowers the characters.

Kuroshitsuji or in English, Black Butler, is a finely made series. The thing is, it flunked during the second season in very many points. So many that you will be able to point them out even though you haven’t watched the first season.

Third season? No thanks. But if they’ve decided to push another season through, good luck with that. I’ll keep my mouth shut till then.

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Ookiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~ Episode 5

So the fifth episode has shown both winners: Hanai and Nishiura.

As to why I’ve said that Hanai is a winner is because in this episode, he conquered his insecurities against Tajima. Thanks to Momokan and the rest of the team especially Tajima and Mihashi. He also says that without an internal competition within, a team would be no good. He also found out that Mihashi always thinks that Tajima and Hanai would compete with him in terms of being in the mound and pitching.

Nothing more has been given concentration here. But towards the end, the guy (fourth to the last panel) stated that he has found a strategy to defeat Nishiura, that is to beat the catcher, Abe Takaya. (I did post about this during the episode 1 review)

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Kaichou wa Maid-sama! Episode 1

I almost forgot to watch KWMS! I’ve been marathoning Gintama for a while now. So…

First impression’s first, BORING. I’m really sorry for those who really liked it but it didn’t appeal to me. But the ED is EXCEPTIONAL. *rapes Usui*

I collected a few screenshots of KWMS! in raw. The translated version will be up soon(says the translators team).

Anyway, why did I find KWMS! boring? Well, there are no exact points, it’s just my mind telling me that the me doesn’t like how it was animated. (I didn’t like the hair tone of Usui, he looks..dull.)

AND WAIT. I THOUGHT NAKAMURA YUUICHI’S GONNA VOICE RYUUNOSUKE? WHY IS THE GUY DIFFERENT NOW? *stabs producers* *listens to Nakamura Yuuichi’s voice* *calms down, air in, air out* AAAAA. Nevermind, I’m just a fangirl ranting. Don’t mind me..*sulking in a corner* herpes me..health me..

KWMS!’s chibis are pure win of course. But that said, I really don’t find it funny unlike in the manga. But I’ll keep on watching to see improvements, I hope it’s the opposite of Kimi ni Todoke(KnT has a impressive intro but the latter episodes bored me to death).

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Kimi ni Todoke

KNT I can name a lot of romance mangas and animes out there with slow relationship developments. Focusing one character and another, seeing perspective after perspective and the like. Many of these have same plots, same character traits or maybe even same artstyle.

Oh dear, it seems like Kimi ni Todoke is taking the spotlight.

The story tells about a girl named Kuronuma Sawako who unfortunately is misunderstood by her classmates. Calling her ‘Sadako’ and mostly thinks that she knows some black magic or something because of her ghostly like appearance which of course is just false judgment in her part. Then comes the hero, or should I say idol of the series, Kazehaya Shouta who has a fresh and friendly attitude towards everybody, even to Sawako. Who later helps her to improve herself and stands as the one who clears up most of the misunderstandings about Sawako.

Basically, the story has been used too many times already. But let me tell you, it’s far more than you can imagine. Well, for romance that is.

Kimi ni Todoke depicts not only romantic relationships but it also is one of those which portrays friendship, confidence and trust. It works in a more objective way which makes an arc longer. It seizes the attention of the readers because of its delivery, in a cute kind of way.

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Ookiku Furikabutte

When one steps in a baseball field, one must mind his senses, concentrate on his thoughts, express his love for baseball and aim for the goal.

Ookiku Furikabutte or simply OoFuri yields a wide range of baseball fundamentals. But then again, it does not confine itself with only baseball. It also extends to everyone’s mentality and bond in and out of the field. Training is not only for the body but also for the mind and strengthening one’s mind makes a brave heart.

Honestly, the number of sports anime that I have gained interest with can only be counted with one hand. From Tennis no Ouji-sama to Major. Many of them steps into the exaggerating parts of the field. Though Major is also a baseball-based anime, OoFuri is a whole lot different from it.

OoFuri manages to catch different range of viewers, from those who like baseball to those who aren’t familiar with it. I say that I am on the latter part. OoFuri doesn’t give you out of place situations. Starting with the basics to signs, runnings to goals, positions to roles and many more. It keeps you interested in baseball and makes you want to learn it.

Higuchi Asa, the creator and artist of the manga is truly an amazing author. I have read in different forums that she took Sports Psychology which is truly presented in OoFuri. The character’s perspectives on a certain time of the game makes the scenes more tense and subjective. It brings you not only outside of your screens, but inside the game.

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Kuroshitsuji

K1Once one has rejected faith, it will become impossible for him to enter the gates of Heaven

Bringing you in the Victorian era of London and opening the wide gates of the Phantomhive mansion, Kuroshitsuji welcomes you with the scent of tea and sweets with a mix of bitterness and sacchariferous taste.

The story digs down to the English underworld where we find rats and dirty water everywhere. Rotting from its core, London holds people with only two types. Those who are saved and those who aren’t. They either serve the queen or impede her acts.

Kuroshitsuji follows the story of a queen’s underground dog. He who cleans up the dirty work of those who oppose the queen’s judgment and follows her every command with no fail. He is the heir of the Phantomhives and is known by the name of Ciel Phantomhive.

The Phantomhive manor has been known for its Phantom company’s fast growing success in toy and confectionary industry. Indeed it has a tragic history of being burnt down into ashes which is the cause of death of Ciel’s parents. Leaving Ciel alone with only Tanaka, one of the butlers, with him. With only hate in his heart, Ciel opens the gates of hell and decides to make a contract with a demon in order to seek revenge to those who left him wounded and hurt. He assigns the demon as his butler and names him Sebastian Michaelis. An immortal demon who has a written pentacle at the back of his palm in pair of the pentacle in Ciel’s right eye as the proof of the contract. It is also later learned that the contract helps Sebastian find Ciel no matter where he is. The cursed eye is eventually covered with an eyepatch to avoid it being seen by people.

Ah, the art. From its manga to its anime adaptation, Kuroshitsuji has truly one of the most flawless and splendid styles. Unlike other animations that tends to decrease in quality, Kuroshitsuji is the exact opposite. The techniques further shows development in quality. The unique character designs appears to be stoic in every way. The crisp profiles makes them more and more mysterious. It implements the classical taste with a modernized pinch internally. The nook and shadowy backgrounds put on quite a show. It delivers a dark and emotional impact to its supernatural imagery.

When it comes to its music, Kuroshitsuji successfully claims its finest which dessiminates its own purpose of giving its viewers both dramaticism and history. It makes the scenes moves you in its own way. It also fails to dissonate the noble and English feel of the characters.

The character developments such as Ciel’s profile is round. The rest of them were flat and is stagnat all throughout. The most remarkable character in terms of progress and depth is Ciel. His cognitiveness at a young age is superb. I have seen many characters in his league but they were nowhere near on a par with him. He gives off an adult and mature mindset but is also childlike in his way of being stubborn and selfish. Sebastian takes the abstruse character in this series. He plays his role as a butler perfectly for he knows no failure as a result of any orders which Ciel gives and is absolutely admirable. He begins as a mysterious character and ends with no difference and is perplexing. The story seems to be interesting from his point of view.

The supporting characters has done a great job in any sense. It makes the story lighter than its usual and makes it enjoyable to watch. If compared to music, the main characters are the lyrics and the supporting are its rhythm.

Speaking of the music, the OP and ED songs used has more of a significant meaning behind its lyrics. It makes it more appropriate for the series. The tones and rhythm of the OP is glummy while the ED is otherwise though it changes in the latter part with equal terms with the OP. Though the opening piece starts with the word monochrome, the main point of the story contradicts it.

The English hierarchy within is notable. The queen is always to be followed, served and knelt before to. Servants stay as servants. No matter how a family is prosperous they’re still lower than the majesty herself. Ciel, as the queen’s guard dog follows her just because he believes that his family stays as is. The blue-jeweled ring symbolizes his inferiority to the queen and England.

The dialogues are notable as well, definitely. It either speaks about justice, Ciel’s past and sorrows, loyalty and betrayal. I for one, is a fan of Ciel’s lines just because it’s striking, dramatic and sarcastic.

Though labeled as shounen, many fans insists that it is more suitable in the shoujo genre. Why is that? Is it because of the character’s appearances which seems to attract female audience? I believe not. I say that Kuroshitsuji is more of a shounen with a touch of ‘dolly’ features thus it attracts more female viewers. Shoujo fans should look from inside the box before comparing and labeling it as shoujo.

I recommend this series for those who takes the England, noble and mysterious feel interesting. It will be enjoyable for it to watch and read. Assuring your enjoyment is such a small matter, how could I not be able to accomplish that?

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Miracle Train ~Oedo-sen e Youkoso~

Being a sucker for animes with bishies, I expected Miracle Train to be one of the best to be anticipated last Fall 2009. Unfortunately, it failed to meet my expectations. The sad part is I had to drop it after watching 5 episodes. I only watched it til its 5th since I thought it’ll have some developments, but again, no.

Oedo-sen e Youkoso or simply Welcome to the Oedo Line focuses on 6 guys who are actually Oedo train stations. They are some sort of a host club, in a train. They help ladies who are troubled and they’re the only ones who can see and get inside the train itself. In every episode they help at least one lady to clear away her worries.

The story and character progress is close to zero. It keeps repeating the same story every episode. A worried girl accidentally gets on the train, then one train station guy being focused in each episode, gets to help the girl, the girl thanks the guy then the train leaves. What can be more worse than that?

Well, enough of the trash. Aside the fact that Miracle Train is boring, there is at least one guy that kept me interested, Roppongi Fumi. Besides having good features and being random, I liked his choice of words in his episode. The other guys were just too dull. They were flat and not to mention, too predictable.

Miracle Train have the potentials to be a good anime. It just lacked development and thrill. The plot of guys helping girls is just so overused that they may want to give spice on it to give the viewers a different feel.

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